Introducing the ‘West Asia: Conflicts' Series

14 November 2019

Watch the full video (above) of the discussion on ‘The Syrian Conundrum and Conflict' featuring Gautam Mukhopadhaya [former Ambassador of India to Syria (2006-2008), Afghanistan, and Myanmar, Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR); V P Haran [former Ambassador of India to Syria (2009-2012), and Bhutan]; Niraj Srivastava [former Second Secretary, Embassy of India, Damascus (1984-1987) and former Ambassador of India to Denmark, and Uganda]; Kabir Taneja [Fellow, Strategic Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)]; and chaired by Bhaskar Balakrishnan [former Counsellor and Charge D'Affaires Embassy of India in Syria (1986-1989), and former Ambassador of India to Greece, and Cuba]. The panel discussion was organised as an introductory event to newly-launched series, ‘West Asia: Conflicts’.

In an effort to comprehensively understand the state of affairs in Syria and its wider ramifications, V P Haran spoke on 'The Origins: the Arab Spring and after', Kabir Taneja spoke about 'ISIS and its spread eastwards', while Niraj Srivastava spoke on 'The current Syrian situation'.

The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here.


This panel discussion on Syria is planned as part of a series of events focusing on tensions and conflicts in parts of West Asia with which India has historically had close ties (notably Iraq and Yemen) among others, and which have wider regional (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, Shia-Sunni to name a few) and geo-political (United States and Russia) dimensions and ramifications. Notably, the coverage, media reporting, scholarship in Indian universities, and treatment in Indian think tanks on these issues has been, by and large, thin. Its primary purpose is to improve awareness and understanding of the issues in the wider community but also to come up with ideas and suggestions to guide public policy where possible. The series hopes to add to our understanding of their importance to India today as well as the roots of conflicts in the region, by looking back into history, and to post-conflict economic opportunities in the future. It is proposed to follow this event up with others around these themes.

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